Freegal Music 4.0

Freegal Music is HMCPL's online music service that provides you with high quality, free-of-cost, and DRM-free, music -- songs and albums that are yours to keep forever! Now in our second year of offering this service to you, our music provider has has released a major new update to Freegal, with lots of useful new features!

During the transition period, you may experience some issues with the site loading properly; we're recommending that patrons clear their cache, make sure they've logged out and back in, and as a last resort, try again later, as the site may just be overloaded.

But, on with the new features...

The following is taken straight from the Freegal FAQ.

  1. A brand-new interface, search engine, and browse abilities. These changes are the by-product of your suggestions and years of research into best practices in the industry. We feel that this change alone will mark a new level in enjoyment from Freegal users.
  2. A more than doubling of the content. By the end of August 2013, Freegal Music will consist over 7 million songs from over 28,000 labels that originate in over 80 countries. This includes the complete catalog of Sony Music Entertainment, in your home country, on the day of release. Right now our song count exceeds 5 million songs that are live, and we are ingesting between 50,000 and 100,000 new songs a day.
  3. Freegal Music will be a public site, that is, and end user will be able to see the great Freegal Music content without logging in, assuming your library has not restricted access with authentication. This will enable the library to promote specific Freegal songs, and send links to the songs via social media.
  4. 12,000 music videos live on the site with the Freegal 4.0 launch. Library users will be able to download a DRM-free MP4 file that is theirs to keep forever. A download of a video counts as 2 of your weekly allotment. We are very excited about the music videos, some of which are musical treasures. Initially, the videos will only be available for download via the web. The videos will be available for download to the apps by September 15th.
  5. The following additional features are also live with Freegal 4.0:
    1. The ability to create a wishlist of songs that they want to download in subsequent weeks.
    2. The ability to backup songs downloaded into the app on their iTunes.
    3. The ability to delete songs from their app to save memory on their phones.

My favorite items about the above:

  1. The new search bar is fantastic, offering search suggestions that are categorized and neatly listed!
  2. Links to individual songs can be created and shared but links to whole albums or artists are even easier.
  3. We're also eagerly anticipating the imminent release of:
    1. Millions of songs that are yet to be added -- the library is growing exponentially!
    2. A new version of the mobile app (iOS/Android) with a much improved interface and some great new features.
    3. More music videos that are being added to the library.
    4. Streaming music -- up to 3 hours a day, every day, for free!
  4. Logging in to the site is enhanced, as now you can browse the site without logging in; clicking the Login button will take you to a page that will allow you to search for our library (which can be as simple as entering a relevant zip code, such as 35801), and Huntsville-Madison County Public Library will appear on the right; clicking that will take you directly to our login page!

We are expecting to see even more new features before the end of September. Stay tuned!!

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